The appearance is of a very intense wine with a red/black mixture that is impenetrable to the eye. On the bouquet, this wine shows particularly savory characters with nuts, fennel and herbal touches along with a briary, woody overlay. There are some lovely fruit flavors peeping through, and these are in the red berry spectrum. When you taste the wine the fruit flavors are far more prominent, with raspberry and red currant dominating. The wine is soft at the finish, as this is in total harmony with the fruit and the aromas. The softness certainly makes the wine an attractive drinking proposition in its youth, although the balance of the wine will allow it to develop further in the bottle.
The Wine AdvocateThe impressive 2001 Syrah Brookmans Vineyard reveals a saturated blue/purple color as well as gorgeous aromas of smoke, licorice, acacia flowers, and black fruits. Full-bodied and dense, with nearly the volume and palate persistence of the 2002, this killer Syrah should age effortlessly for 20 years.
Wine SpectatorStylish, round and generous, a supple mouthful of licorice-scented currant, plum and cream flavors, all beautifully modulated, yet the finish lasts and lasts, echoing the fruit and spice enticingly.
International Wine CellarSuperripe, highly nuanced aromas of raspberry, blackberry, pepper, nuts and chocolatey oak. Dense but fresh, with highly concentrated flavors of raspberry, mint and bitter chocolate; suggestions of dried fruits. This boasts strong material and impressive red berry intensity. Finishes with very firm tannins that argue for a few years of patience.
Australian Wine CompanionCool-grown herb, leaf, mint and chocolate flavours run through a medium-bodied but long palate.
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